Professor Sir Ross  Cranston

Professor Sir Ross Cranston

Professor of Law

Department of Law

Room No
New Academic Building 7.27

About me

Sir Ross Cranston is professor of law. He was a judge of the High Court, Queen’s Bench Division for just over nine years and the judge in charge of the Administrative Court from January 2016. Previously he was Centennial Professor and Cassel Professor of Commercial Law at LSE. He was MP for Dudley North 1997-2005 and Solicitor General 1998-2001. He was Lubbock Professor of Banking Law, Director of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies and Dean of Laws at Queen Mary, University of London. He has also held full time teaching positions at the University of Warwick and the Australian National University. He was made QC in 1998. As counsel he appeared before the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords in Britain, and before the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union. He was educated in the University of Queensland, Harvard Law School and the University of Oxford. He has held consultancies with UNCTAD, the World Bank, the IMF and the Commonwealth Secretariat to advise different countries on their commercial, banking and securities laws. From 2005-2016 he has undertaken reviews for the European Commission of the legal systems of Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Turkey. He was a member of the legal advisory panel of the National Consumer Council in Britain and chair of trustees of the whistleblower’s charity, Public Concern at Work. He is a Fellow of the British Academy.

Administrative support: Amanda Tinnams

Research interests

Presently his main research interests are (1) the history of commercial law in Britain from c. 1820 and how it throws light on the relationship of law to economic development and (2) the judiciary and judging.

External activities

  • Chair, JUSTICE Working Party on Immigration and Asylum Determination (2017-)
  • President of International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law 2004-6
  • European Commission Expert (with Chamber President Judge Bjornberg) on Functioning of the Judiciary System in Turkey, 2005
  • Chair, Expert Working Group on Legal Implications of the Interdiction of Terrorist Property, Society of Legal Scholars (2001-2)
  • Chair, Trustees, BAILII [British and Irish Legal Information Institute]


Principles of Banking Law, 3rd edition (OUP, 2018) (with Emilios Avgouleas, Kristin van Zwieten, Christopher Hare, Theodor van Sante)

This third edition of the Principles of Banking Law provides a unique and authoritative treatment of both domestic and international banking law. Assembled by a group of expert authors, this new edition contains expanded coverage of developments in the fields of regulation, payment, lending, and capital markets.

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How Law Works ( OUP, 2006)

Access to justice, equality before the law, and the rule of law are three fundamental values underpinning the civil justice system. This book examines these values and how, although they do not have great leverage in decision making by the courts, they are a crucial foundation of the civil justice system and a powerful argument for arrangements such as legal aid, the impartial application of law, and the independence of the judiciary ....

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Cranston’s Consumers and the Law, 3rd edition, C. Scott & J. Black (ed) (Butterworths, 2000) (Law in Context Series)



Law, Government and Public Policy (Oxford, 1987)


Legal Foundations of the Welfare State (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1985) (Law in Context Series)   


Regulating Business (Macmillan, 1979, Oxford Socio-Legal Studies)


  • 'Commercial Lore and Commercial Law' in J. Lowry & L. Mistelis (eds), Commercial Law: Perspectives and Practice (London, LexisNexis, 2006)
  • 'Globalisation. Its Historical Context' in S. Worthington (ed.), Commercial Law and Commercial Practice (Oxford, Hart, 2004), 1-23